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Savannah is an American prime time television soap opera that ran from January 21, 1996 to February 24, 1997 on The WB. It was created by Constance M. Burge and produced by Aaron Spelling. It was the first one hour program to air on The WB network.

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GenreSoap opera
Created byConstance M. Burge
StarringShannon Sturges
Robyn Lively
Jamie Luner
Paul Satterfield
David Gail
Beth Toussaint
Ray Wise
George Eads
Theme music composerChristopher L. Stone
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes34
Executive producer(s)Aaron Spelling
E Duke Vincent
Production location(s)Atlanta, Garden City and Savannah, Georgia
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time45 Minutes
Production company(s)Spelling Television
Original networkThe WB
Original releaseJanuary 21, 1996 (1996-01-21) –
February 24, 1997 (1997-02-24)



Set in the southern city of Savannah, Georgia, the series revolves around three female friends: naive rich girl Reese Burton (Shannon Sturges), noble Lane McKenzie (Robyn Lively) and scheming bad girl Peyton Richards (Jamie Luner).

Lane left Savannah after graduating from college to become a successful journalist in New York City; she returns for the wedding of her childhood best friend, Reese, who is marrying Travis Peterson (George Eads). Finding out that her apartment in New York has been burglarized, Lane tries to collect on an inheritance — only to find out that Travis has stolen every last penny of it. Reese is devastated after finding out that Travis has been having an affair with a girl he calls "Bunny", who is actually Peyton, daughter of the Burton family maid and Reese's so-called friend. Peyton envies Reese's wealth and is keen to marry for money.

Travis is soon found dead, and the first season revolves around the whodunit murder mystery and subsequent court case. There is also considerable intrigue surrounding the identity of Peyton's father (who turns out to also be Reese's father, Edward, making Peyton and Reese half-sisters) as well as the machinations of Tom Massick, a stranger in town with a score to settle. Cassandra "Cassie" Wheeler (Alexia Robinson), a longtime friend of the three other women, joined the cast in season two. George Eads later re-joined the cast as Nick, the identical twin of Travis.





Season 1 (1996)Edit

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
"Wedding Belle Blues"Richard LangDianne Messina Stanley & James StanleyJanuary 21, 1996 (1996-01-21)

Part 1 - Lanie MacKenzie, a sensible, aspiring newspaper writer living in New York City, returns to her hometown of Savannah, Georgia for the wedding of her best friend Resse Burton, a wealthy, trusting, virginal, but very navie, Southern belle, to Travis Peterson, a wealthy bank employees who is secretly embezzling funds from the local bank. Lane and Resse's best friend, the scheming and amoral Peyton Richards, the daughter of the Burton housekeeper, plans to her seductive influence on Travis to steal Lane's life savings.

Part 2 - Following Travis' death, Peyton becomes worried that she may have killed him after hitting him on the head with a liquor bottle. But she is unaware that her mother, Lucile, is the real culprit to prevent him from revealing that Lucile has an illicit affair with Resse's powerful father, Edward... and that Peyton is in fact Edward's illegitimately daughter.
33"Sex, Pies and Videotape"Lindo EleanoreConstance M. BurgeFebruary 4, 1996 (1996-02-04)
44"Who Killed Travis?"Harry HarrisLynn Marie LathamFebruary 11, 1996 (1996-02-11)
55"The Purloined Letter"Lindo EleanoreLawrence H. LevyFebruary 18, 1996 (1996-02-18)
66"Where There's Smoke, There's Fire"Harry HarrisLynn Marie LathamFebruary 25, 1996 (1996-02-25)
77"Information, Please"James DarrenJames StanleyMarch 3, 1996 (1996-03-03)
88"Playing With the Enemy"Harvey FrostLynn Marie LathamMarch 10, 1996 (1996-03-10)
99"Prince of Lies"Parker StevensonConstance M. BurgeMarch 17, 1996 (1996-03-17)
1010"From Here to Paternity"Lindo EleanoreBernardo SolanoMarch 24, 1996 (1996-03-24)
1111"Creep Throat"Harvey FrostLiz CoeMarch 31, 1996 (1996-03-31)
1212"The Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth"Lindo EleanoreDiane Messina Stanley & James StanleyApril 7, 1996 (1996-04-07)

Season 2 (1996–97)Edit

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
131"Dead Man Walking"Harvey FrostJames Stanley & Diane Messina StanleyAugust 26, 1996 (1996-08-26)
142"Pearls Before Swine"Eleanor LindoConstance M. BurgeSeptember 22, 1996 (1996-09-22)
153"The Family Jewels"Harvey FrostBernard LechowickSeptember 30, 1996 (1996-09-30)
Peyton and Nick outfox one another in their quest for the elusive Centurtion Emerald, Tom tries to save Reese from the trumped-up drug possession charges by seducing a policewoman, and Dean and Reese follow up a lead to an old farmhouse to rescue Lane. And just when all seems lost, Peyton gets a glittery surprise.
164"A Picture Is Worth..."Eleanor LindoMichael Perricone & Greg ElliotOctober 7, 1996 (1996-10-07)
175"My Fair Ladies"Harvey FrostLynn Marie LathamOctober 14, 1996 (1996-10-14)
186"Vengeance Is Mine"Eleanor LindoBernard LechowickOctober 21, 1996 (1996-10-21)
197"It's a Mad, Mad, Boat"Richard LangConstance M. BurgeOctober 28, 1996 (1996-10-28)
208"Burn, Baby, Burn"Stefan ScainiJames Stanley & Lynn Marie LathamNovember 4, 1996 (1996-11-04)
219"Diary of a Mad Rich Wife"Richard LangJames Stanley & Diane Messina StanleyNovember 11, 1996 (1996-11-11)
2210"Good Golly, Aunt Lottie"Stefan ScainiJames Stanley, Dianne Messina Stanley & Lynn Marie LathamNovember 18, 1996 (1996-11-18)
2311"The Battle of Midway"TBATBANovember 25, 1996 (1996-11-25)
2412"Never Too Late"TBATBADecember 2, 1996 (1996-12-02)
2513"True Love Never Dies"TBATBADecember 9, 1996 (1996-12-09)
2614"Get Me to the Church on Time"TBATBADecember 16, 1996 (1996-12-16)
2715"Dressed to Shill"TBATBAJanuary 6, 1997 (1997-01-06)
2816"Every Picture Tells a Story"TBATBAJanuary 13, 1997 (1997-01-13)
2917"The Morning After"TBATBAJanuary 20, 1997 (1997-01-20)
3018"The Gal to Marry Dear Old Dad"TBATBAFebruary 3, 1997 (1997-02-03)
3119"Code Blue"TBATBAFebruary 10, 1997 (1997-02-10)
3220"Where There's a Will..."TBATBAFebruary 17, 1997 (1997-02-17)
3321"Oh No, Mr. Bill"TBATBAFebruary 24, 1997 (1997-02-24)
3422"I Don't"TBATBAFebruary 24, 1997 (1997-02-24)

Locations and filmingEdit

The show was filmed entirely on location in the U.S. state of Georgia.[1] Initially, exterior scenes were shot in both Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia. Locations and landmarks featured included the Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge, Forsyth Park, River Street, and Bonaventure Cemetery.

Towards the end of season two, scenes were no longer filmed at the exterior locations for many of the shows main sets. These were replaced by stock establishing shot footage and scenes were filmed entirely in Atlanta.

Broadcast historyEdit

Savannah's first season was broadcast between January 21, 1996 and April 7, 1996. The first two episodes were shown together as a two-hour Saturday "sneak preview" of the upcoming series, with the remaining season one episodes shown on Sunday nights[2] (The WB dubbing the evening "Savannah Sunday".[citation needed]) The show was the most successful program on The WB at the time.[3]

During its second season, Savannah was moved to Monday nights, the 22 second season episodes broadcast between August 26, 1996 and February 24, 1997 at 9:00 pm following 7th Heaven.[4] It was cancelled at the end of the season. Garth Ancier, president of the WB's entertainment division, attributed its cancellation to the fact that "serial dramas don't repeat well, making the investment too expensive".[5]

The first season was broadcast in the United Kingdom in the summer of 1996 on ITV in a prime time slot and became the highest rated new American series of that year.[citation needed] However, the second season was not network broadcast, and was shown in different ITV regions at different times in the late 1990s.


  1. ^ "The Deseret News - Google News Archive Search".
  2. ^ "Rome News-Tribune - Google News Archive Search".
  3. ^ "Luner Takeoff – Vol. 45 No. 17". April 29, 1996.
  4. ^ Jim Abbott (May 15, 1996). "Wb Moves 'Savannah' To Monday Night In Fall". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  5. ^ Jenny Hontz; Gary Levin (May 14, 1997). "New dramas to fill WB's Tuesday night". Variety. Retrieved August 2, 2017.

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